The Freedman Center at MSPP

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New Dad and Baby

New Babies/New Moms Group

Free! New Babies/New Parents Group

Bring your infant and meet other new parents!

Free for first-time moms and/or dads with babies up to 6 months.
Choose an 8-week evening series offered in the fall or spring.

Each group meets with a professional facilitator and provides a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, make new friends, and get some support. Discuss developmental issues, expectations as new parents, changing relationships with family members, child care options, and much more.

Groups meet once a week for eight evenings at One Wells Ave (Ground Floor), Newton MA. Click here for detailed DIRECTIONS to the Freedman Center. Light meal provided; child care and transportation stipends available.

Register OnlineClick on our online registration button to pre-register for the next series or contact us at 617-332-3666 or

Click to read more about Group Leader, Anya Dashevsky, Psy.D.

Anya DashevskyAnya Dashevsky, Psy.D., leads the New Babies/New Parents Group at the Freedman Center, and is an MSPP alum. Anya has worked in different capacities with children and families for over 10 years. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center, specializing in neuropsychological assessment of young children. As a mother of three young children, Anya understands the joys and challenges inherent in transition to parenthood. She is eager to help new parents navigate this exciting stage in their life.

New Babies/New Moms Group

The Freedman Center as a Training Site
Observation Notice for Families

To Parents/Guardians of Children Participating in Freedman Center Programs:
The Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at The Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology is a training site for students in our Child Studies Program.
For educational purposes only, some of the groups or classes at The Freedman Center will be observed by graduate students of MSPP as part of their study of child and family development. No individuals in the groups or classes will be identified by name in these observations and no research papers will be produced as a result of these observations.
When an observation is taking place, the graduate student observers will be introduced to the group or class before observing behind the observation window.

New Babies/New Parents groups include a light supper plus transportation and childcare stipends, thanks to a generous grant from The Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund.

Photos by Jenny Devereaux

* Wait Lists

If the group or class for which you would like to register is FULL, please register for the next program offered. To be put on a Wait List for the program or series that is not open, you may email us at or call 617-332-3666 x1250 and leave a message for us. When you contact us, please leave your name, which program you want, a phone number, and email address. We will contact you if we are able to accommodate you in the program.

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Each Freedman Center New Babies/New Parents Group includes a private BigTent or Facebook chat group. Click the "Register" button to sign up for a group. You will be added to the BigTent or Facebook Group after your first group meeting.

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New Moms Tell Us:

"It helps you feel you're not alone - as if we're all having growing pains together!"

"People talked about absolutely anything - even sensitive issues - and felt comfortable."

"I loved connecting with other parents in such a supportive environment."

"It was wonderful to share, and in some cases, commiserate, with other new parents going through the same experiences."

"It's important for first-time parents to talk with one another for a sanity check!"

New Dads Tell Us:

"It gave me confidence as well as new ideas that made those early weeks much easier."

"The leader was awesome - smart, warm, caring, high-energy. She got absolutely everyone to participate."

"I enjoyed learning about the stages of child development from the leader, and also got good tips from the other parents."

"I liked both Moms and Dads in a group - rather than just Moms or just Dads."

"I was surprised we had so much in common with all the other new parents."

"We're already making plans to stay in touch after the Freedman Center group ends."